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Douglas County gives majority of votes to Perdue, Buck, Morgan
by Tom Spigolon
July 30, 2014 10:17 AM | 2705 views | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Douglas voters gave David Perdue 58 percent of their votes in the July 22 primary election runoff to help him defeat U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston for one of Georgia’s two U.S. Senate seats.

Perdue, who will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in the November general election, received 3,201 votes, or 58 percent, to Kingston’s 2,317 votes, or 42 percent, in Douglas County, according to returns from the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.

The Republican nominee received 51 percent of the vote statewide.

Douglas voters also chose Michael “Mike” Buck over Richard Woods for the GOP nomination for state school superintendent, 54 percent to 46 percent.

However, the race statewide reportedly may go to a recount after Woods won with 50.1 percent of the vote to Buck’s 49.9 percent, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.

Douglas voters also narrowly chose District 39 State Rep. Alisha Morgan of Austell over Decatur School Board chairwoman Valarie Wilson for the Democratic nomination for superintendent. However, Wilson won 54 percent of the vote statewide to win the nomination and will face either Woods or Buck in November.

The position was left vacant when incumbent Superintendent John Barge chose not to seek re-election this year so he could run for governor.

Many local nominees were chosen in the May 20 primaries and will be unopposed in the November general election.

However, some incumbents will face challengers in November.

State legislative incumbents include District 30 State Sen. Mike Dugan, R-Carrollton, who will face Democrat James Nixon of Douglasville; District 35 State Sen. Donzella James, D-Atlanta, who will face Republican Francisco X.R. Artley of Douglasville; and District 66 State Rep. Kim Alexander, D-Hiram, who will face Republican Bob Snelling of Douglasville.

County-level incumbents include Republican District 3 County Commissioner Mike Mulcare who will face a challenge from Democrat Leslie Golden; Republican District 3 school board member Janet Kelley, who will face Democrat Tracy Rookard; and Republican District 4 school board member Sam Haskell, who will face Democrat Michelle Simmons.

Acting District Attorney Brian Fortner, a Republican, will face Democratic challenger Elizabeth Dalia Racine in the race for district attorney of the Douglas Circuit.

Fortner, a former assistant district attorney, ascended to his current post after former district attorney David McDade resigned to end a state investigation into charges of nepotism and financial mismanagement in his office. Fortner subsequently fired four longtime employees despite them not being accused at the time in the investigation.

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